A wait­ing list but no de­mand

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I write in re­sponse to the re­cent sto­ries on hous­ing in Porirua (Novem­ber 11).

There is a hous­ing cri­sis in Porirua, not just Welling­ton.

Hous­ing New Zealand says it is not re­build­ing be­cause of low de­mand in the area.

Such state­ments are de­signed to jus­tify fob­bing off its hous­ing obli­ga­tions to other providers.

Re­mem­ber there was a rea­son why state hous­ing in New Zealand be­gan in the the first place.

By not re­build­ing, you force peo­ple to leave the area, af­fect­ing vi­brancy, and thereby caus­ing low de­mand.

If Hous­ing New Zealand builds houses in Welling­ton, then peo­ple will re­lo­cate there.

In a hous­ing cri­sis you do not re­duce the num­ber of houses, you in­crease them and im­me­di­ately re­place the ones that have been de­mol­ished for safety rea­sons, as in Cas­tor Cres.

If Hous­ing New Zealand is so con­fi­dent there are enough homes in Porirua for those in need, why is there a wait­ing list?

Hous­ing New Zealand needs to keep its prom­ises and re­build con­fi­dence in its op­er­a­tions, the more so now with some al­ter­na­tive hous­ing providers adopt­ing ques­tion­able means to ‘‘ad­dress’’ ten­ants’ con­cerns (re­fer Kapi-Mana News, Oc­to­ber 7).

Hous­ing New Zealand has re­mained un­re­spon­sive to the com­mu­nity’s hous­ing con­cerns, no mat­ter how pub­licly they are ex­pressed.

Is it to avoid fur­ther bro­ken prom­ises, or is it sim­ply not a pri­or­ity for the or­gan­i­sa­tion any more?

I ask again: how can there be a low de­mand for hous­ing in this area when there is a hous­ing cri­sis and a long­stand­ing pri­or­ity wait­ing list?

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